Diabetes Organization | Free Printables

Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month
 AND Wednesday is World Diabetes Day 
I thought I would share the sheets I use in our Diabetes binder.

I have had a very positive response to our story, experiences and organizational system from parents and some health organizations who's focus is Diabetes awareness and education. If our story helps or inspires just one individual that would be great but to impact many is well, just wonderful.

I have altered my sheets to be more generic - leaving most things blank. I realize that the insulin dosing chart will only work for those who use both LONG AND FAST ACTING insulin on a sliding scale (a specific dose of insulin which corresponds to a specific blood sugar range) but because this is where many newly diagnosed patients begin I decided to include this sheet.

If you would like to see how I use these sheets please take a look at the video below.

Insulin Dose Sheet

To use this sheet: Put your target blood range and insulin dose in the green spaces of the Fast Acting section. Then fill in the lower and higher doses as outlined by your Diabetes doctor according to your sliding scale.
Add your routine Long Acting doses in the marked section.
*IMPORTANT* Fill in the emergency telephone number. If you don't know who to call or where...FIND OUT. Call your doctor or nurse and get this information ASAP. This makes dealing with an emergency less stressful (if that's possible).

Blood Sugar Monitoring

To use this sheet: Add the current week's date range. Write down the blood sugar levels from your metre and insulin dose given at that time. Note any changes or important information. Check this sheet every couple of days looking for patterns of highs and lows. Adjust your insulin or carb intake according to your Diabetes team's instructions. Don't hesitate to call your doctor or nurse for help, they want to help you :)

Medication Log

To use this sheet: If you use several of these for multiple members of your family, start by writing names at the top in the space provided.  The first column is to write down the date or date range that a specific medication will be taken. Also include the reason for taking it - headache, throat infection, etc. The second or middle section is to add specifics about what medication was taken - brand, type, strength, etc. I also include the doctor who prescribed the medication here if applicable. And finally, in the third column, add the  dosage given and what time. If this is a recurring dose, say a ten day cycle of antibiotics just add the planned times and note any changes or missed doses should they occur.
*This medication log would be useful for just about anyone!*

Diabetes Supply List

To use this sheet:  Leaving the first column blank to add check marks as suplies get low, make a list of all the medications and supplies you use or have been prescribed here. Include everything you need to have on hand to manage your Diabetes - Insulin, needles or pen tips, lancers, test strips, emergency supplies like Glucagon. Beside this list add your Rx numbers is applicable and then how many refills you have left. This just makes it easy when ordering and seeing the doctor. Add any notes, questions or concerns you may have so that you remember when speaking to one of these healthcare professionals. Don't forget to add your pharmacy telephone number at the top!

So I hope this is useful to anyone who has been newly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes or is just looking for some ideas to better organize your care.

*Cleansing Act Update* - This week I am eliminating DAIRY from my diet. I'm not too excited about this one. I didn't include milk or cheese in the processed category for week one. I am looking around now for ideas on how to get enough calcium, etc. I'm not too worried about Vitamin D because I do take a Vitamin D supplement but milk is jammed packed with so many other benefits that I will definitely have to find other sources of the essential vitamins and minerals.

Wow. That was a long post! Except for the medication log sheet, it was aimed primarily at families with Type 1 Diabetes, so I thank you if you made it all the way down to the bottom of this post. I will continue to talk about Diabetes throughout November and as usual, leading up to our annual JDRF walk in June. It's important! :)

Watch the video below to see how I use a binder system to organize our son's Diabetes care.